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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2014, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (4): 331-335.doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(14)60038-8

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Three advantages of using traditional Chinese medicine to prevent and treat tumor

Chang-quan Linga, Xiao-qiang Yuea, Chen Linga,b   

  1. Changhai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China
    Division of Cellular and Molecular Therapy, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA
    Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA
  • Received:2014-07-05 Accepted:2014-07-11 Online:2014-07-10 Published:2014-07-15

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), an important component of complementary and alternative medicine, has evolved over thousands of years with its own unique system of theories, diagnostics and therapies. TCM has been increasingly used in the last decades and become well known for its significant role in preventing and treating cancer. We believe that TCM possesses advantages over Western medicine in specific aspects at a certain stage of cancer treatment. Here we summarize the advantages of TCM from three aspects: preventing tumorigenesis; attenuating toxicity and enhancing the treatment effect; and reducing tumor recurrence and metastasis.

Key words: Traditional medicine, Chinese, Tumorigenesis, Tumor prevention and treatment, Tumor recurrence and metastasis

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